Suspension Arm Bolts-BMW 1 Series Car- Breaks Suspension Arm Bolts


BMW 1 Series Car in for He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts

On one of the worse windy and rainy days of the year, one of our good customers was out and about in his BMW 1 series car, 2008 model and found himself having to swerve his car to avoid a broken branch that had just snapped off a tree due to the high winds.

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW suspension arm bolts showing the sheared off bolt, the other bent

His car skidded and crashed into the kerb, causing damage to the underside of the car, the customer suspected that something had been broken the Front Suspension Arm Rubber Bush, or the Suspension Arm Bolts, and so limped into my garage in Halifax West Yorkshire.

Manager the garage department, Ryan Linton pulled the car onto a ramp to examine the car to see what had happened. He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts, on the multilink suspension that these cars have.

Also the TPMS sensor lights were illuminated and when checking, the tyres were found to be inflated to the wrong pressures. We now think that this could have caused the car to swerve and hit the kerb, when trying to avoid the tree branch.

The problem was discovered and the hub had to be removed and the broken stud drilled out as the stud had been snapped off flush with the hub. The bolt was drilled out and the hole was re-tapped to take a new stud. The other Suspension Arm Bolts were BMW Parts ( supplied by the local BMW dealer in Wakefield, the nearest one to my garage in Halifax) were also changed and the assembly was re-fitted.

BMW car had low tyre pressures

As I have stated we think that the guys low tyre pressures were the cause of the car correctly not handling when he swerved to miss the branch, we also checked and inflated his tyres and he went off on his way three hours later.

Eric Roberts...www.mot-halifax.co.uk 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW rear hub area where the Suspension Arm Bolts sheared from

UK driverless Cars-government paves way for driverless Cars | tech spotlight

UK driverless Cars

BBC News – UK government paves way for uk driverless cars

The government has announced that it wants to make the UK a world centre for the development of driverless cars.

It said it would conduct a…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

UK Driverless cars ? what a joke?

I think it would be better to rephrase the statement as “uk driverless cars in the South of England”.

Anybody who travels around the North of England would know that our roads in town and city centre are busting at the seams with traffic. We have had very little investment to our road structures here in the North for years. Successive governments have neglected to update the northern towns and cities. They cancelled the tram scheme in Leeds because of the costs, the East West train lines were to be electrified, but that never came off, because of lack of finance, now they can suddenly find some money by selling off their share in Eurostar to fund the development of Gatwick airport along with other projects down in the South, once again neglecting the northern towns and cities.

The only thing that I can think of that the government have done is to widen parts of the M62 motorway. We are desperately in need of a new road infrastructure to take us from North to South, before we completely grind to a halt. We all know what a nightmare it is trying to drive around West

UK driverless Cars

I must now admit that i thought that would not see electric cars being charged on the streets of cities, but they are now here? but i am not sure about the UK driverless Cars

Yorkshire in the rush hour traffic.

Now the government are going to give a £10 million prize to fund a town or city that becomes a testing ground for the UK driverless Cars. What a joke, the name of Milton Keynes has already been mentioned on more than one occasion, so I reckon that it’s a done deal. What chance would we have in the North for driverless cars, we are too congested as it is and one our largest cities Leeds, had to miss about on its tram system.

We do not need UK driverless Cars but a decent road and rail system, especially here in Yorkshire. The North is and will still be starved of investment, never mind this ridiculous idea of driverless cars, what a joke.

Eric Roberts

 www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Car Safety Tips-for Women Garage Users – (Although Everyone can benefit from Car Safety Tips)


Car Safety Tips for Women

While everyone can benefit from car safety tips, you will have to admit that women are more likely to need these tips to help them out during unexpected and unfamiliar situations. While it would be great if a woman were well versed and equipped to handle wonky Disc Brakes or out of aligned tyres, that isn’t usually the case. Find below some great car safety tips to help you out and manage the unforeseen when you are driving.

When your car brakes fail

Before all else, check if your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes or just regular ones. Knowing this important bit of information will help you determine how to manage when your brakes fail. To know this, when a light goes on with the logo ABS when you start your car, then you have anti-lock brakes. If no light goes on, then you have regular brakes.  If your brakes Car Safety Tipsfail, you need to downshift to a lower gear first. Next, pump your brakes three to four times to build up the brake fluid pressure. If this does not work, your next option would be to use the parking brake. Do this gradually, not abruptly, and be ready for the car to skid. With anti-lock brakes, practice your sudden stops at safe street situations to get a feel of how they should perform.  When you press the brake all the way down, you should feel a strong vibration at the pedal, which will let you know the ABS system is working the way it should.

When car isn’t driving straight

If your car is veering to the left or right even when your steering wheel is straight, chances are your wheels may need to be aligned. But before you head off to have them aligned, make sure to check off other possibilities that may cause your car to tend towards another direction when the steering wheel is straight.

Are you tyres properly inflated? Make sure they are inflated to the recommended  pressure, which you ought to find on the label attached to the driver’s side door. What about the wear pattern? Are you tyres round or are they out of shape? Are there missing pieces or lumps  along the side-wall? Also make sure that all your tyres are of the same type. Having several kinds  on one car can make for an unstable ride.

Once you have determined that there is nothing physically wrong with yours, you should bring in your vehicle for proper and professional wheel alignment to keep your vehicle running properly  and safely.

Unstable steering, clanking and banging sounds while driving, vibrations while driving

This could indicate a problem with your suspension. The suspension system of a vehicle takes the heaviest wear from the road and it is an important part in keeping your car stable while driving and ensures the driver and passenger’s safety.  If you go over a hump and the car continues to bounce up and down, chances are your shock absorbers are worn and may need

Car Safety Tips

Some garages employ female mechanics who are always willing to give Car Safety Tips

replacing. Clanking and banging sounds may indicate that your shocks are getting caught and not bouncing back. Vibrations while driving on smooth surfaces should clue you in to have your shocks and suspension checked because they are not supposed to occur on a smooth road.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is better to maintain your car properly and routinely in order to avoid any major mishaps. Most Car Safety Tips are useful, but you need to make sure to take your vehicle to a reputable and  professional garage that will ensure outstanding results and keep your car humming for a long time.

At Point-S, the leading independent dealer network, we’re all about tyres and more. We will help you keep your auto in excellent condition so it will always be road worthy and safe for anyone to drive- male or female. And as an accredited Unipart Car Care Centre garage, you are assured that our standards are up to par with theirs.

             An open and honest approach with the customers

             A high standard of work and excellent value for money

            At least 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

             An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Now there is no more reason not to keep safe on the road.  

Eric Roberts …www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Cheap Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

    

Volvo self driving cars- 100 to be tested on Swedish roads in pilot project …

Volvo has announced a pilot project that’ll see 100 Volvo self driving cars take to the roads of Gothenburg, Sweden, as the automaker continues in its efforts to bring a fully autonomous self driving cars to the market.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Volvo self driving cars

Hi it must be a strange feeling to get into a car that can steer and drive to its destination without any aid by a driver. I must be getting old ,because I can’t see for the life in me what these Volvo self driving cars are going to gain.

If that’s what people want why on earth don’t they stick to the driver- less train systems that we see in many countries these days? I would much prefer to sit on a train high up above the busy traffic “THAN IN Volvo self driving cars”. Also modern technology is good, but it is not perfect. I recently visited France and had to turn off the motorway because it was blocked by an accident, a large truck had toppled over, completely blocking the two lane motorway.

We had to turn off so I switched on my satellite navigation system, hoping to pick the motorway up further North. I keyed in Calais further North and the sat/nav kindly to me to three junctions South of the junction that I had to turn off on? It then came up with a server problem message, which rendered it useless?.

So I have my doubts about the technology used in these cars.

Here is a good snippet from the Popular Mechanics web-site about the strange sensation that their driver experienced when first handling one of these Volvo self driving cars,

“As soon as I hit the small black lane-centre button, I can feel the wheel stiffen in my hands. Suddenly the light bar atop it begins to glow a soft green, signalling that the car has taken over the task of steering. I had already surrendered control of the acceleration and braking to the vehicle’s adaptive cruise control, and now with my feet flat on the floor, I Volvo self driving carsslowly un-wrap my fingers and release the wheel. Sitting in the passenger seat is Jeremy Salinger, who works on General Motors’ semiautonomous car program. He’s seen the car do this dozens, possibly hundreds, of times, but, if only to reassure me, he states the obvious: “The car is in control now.”… http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/industry/the-12-most-important-questions-about-self-driving-cars-16016418

His final comment is that” it felt like a ghost was driving the car”

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Car Exhausts Last Longer-There is No Doubt that Modern Cars Exhaust System Lasts Much Longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Bosal exhaust products are aluminised to last longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

The good old car exhaust is undoubtedly a distress purchase. it can also be an expensive purchase. However most small to medium cars are reasonably priced and affordable.

Your car exhaust is one of the most unnoticed parts of your car. Of course, unless you are a real car enthusiast. A lot of car enthusiasts actually replace their original car exhaust to better looking twin sports tail pipes.

This improvement also helps to better the car’s performance. For those who just buy cars to get them from A to B then  perhaps they only notice those car exhaust pipes when they start to blow or make a loud noise.

When you bring your noisy car into Pellon Autocentre in Halifax then we will be inspecting your cars exhaust. So we will start the engine and then check your cars exhaust. Hence, from the front all the way to the end of the tail pipe.

Car Exhausts Last Longer

There are many places that your exhaust can blow from. Most of the time, the car’s exhaust system will develop a leak where the exhaust manifold connects to the cylinder head. When you start your engine, there is a thermal expansion and contraction that happens and it places much stress in your exhaust manifold gasket.

leaking exhaust pipes should be looked at as soon as possible. Leaks can be very dangerous. Especially on older cars. Newer cars have on board computers that regulate the emissions. Of course this makes the gases emitted less poisonous than the used to. Therefore it is less likely that you would be able to harm yourself as it would on some older cars.

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Old mild steel exhaust box well corroded

In the older cars then It is a direct path for carbon monoxide poisoning. These older cars are now off the road so self harming is no longer a problem. In the past ten years there has been marked improvement in the quality and longevity of car exhaust systems. Better materials and welding techniques have improved no end.

Car Exhausts Last Longer made by robots

Robots do 90% of the welding, making mistakes a thing of the past. As a result many blowing exhausts would have started out as low quality welding. Once the rust sets in then there is no stopping it and this ends up as a blowing and noisy exhaust pipe. Not too long ago then there were companies who made low quality exhaust systems. Consequently, these were known as budget brands. For this reason these exhausts were ill fitting and did not last more than a year.

These days aluminium systems that are welded by robots. Coupled with the fact that they have to connect up to a valuable catalytic converter. So have seen a huge rise in the longevity of these systems some lasting for up to ten years.

Eric Roberts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

VARTA BLACK dynamic C14 Car batteries-BatteriesOnTheWeb-Motorcycle …

VARTA BLACK

VARTA BLACK dynamic c14 Car Batteries with entry levels of electrical equipment may need less battery power, but they still demand superior starting, consistent performance and absolute reliability. And that’s exactly what you get with …

eric roberts‘s insight:


Varta batteries have always been outstanding quality .

We at batteriesontheweb.co.uk are VARTA BLACK stockists for the West Yorkshire area of the UK, and can offer a full range of car and motorcycle batteries to fit most cars, here in the UK.

VARTA BLACK batteries as we all probably know by now, are owned by the world’s largest battery company Johnson Controls. Johnsons have always maintained that the Varta brand is their premier brand and so it came as no surprise when they announced that the new generation of Start-Stop batteries will be made as the top brand.

It is expected that by 2018 the majority of new vehicles will be using Star-Stop technology and so Johnson Controls have devised a dealer service programme to train the technicians at the fitting depots how to use their newly developed hand held electrical equipment to tell the on-board computer that they are fitting a new battery. The new style AGM batteries are part of the total computer system of the all-electric cars that are also charged by the braking system of the cars. The cars that are fitted with the Start-Stop battery system, but run with a conventional petrol/diesel engine can have the battery changed in much the normal way as fitting a  standard 12volt Car Battery.

The Varta batteries will be built in the companies Factory in Zwickau, Germany in a new million Euro plant that is the world’s largest producers of AGM batteries. The AGM batteries, (Absorbed Glass Matting) are a much more powerful battery, and will stand larger surges in deeper cycles and so are more suitable for constant Stop-Starting. The new extension to the factory is expected to produce 6.5 million batteries a year and this will double the number of employees at the factory.

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We offer a next working day delivery and we can ensure an excellent no fuss delivery with our excellent packing methods, and with great care from our carriers we can insure a smooth delivery in 99% of cases.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Renault French automaker can cut off your battery if you don’t pay

Renault

Renault,battery

Post updated  22/3/2014 Eric Roberts

Last year Tesla dealt with its first real scandal, the so-called “bricking” of batteries that are allowed to run entirely out of charge. But what about a car company (Renault)that could brick a car’s battery on purpose?

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Cutting off your car battery

This is known as “bricking” and stems from Renault keeping an eye on their customers who do not make a payment. This is allegedly in the small print under the French car companies “rented battery” agreement.

Renault battery

Renault servicing in Halifax Yorkshire UK

Also in the service agreement. It is alleged that Renault has the right to halt the possible charging of the battery. When the rental contract comes to an end. Apparently, this also includes the same penalties if you fail to make a payment.Thus, on your car agreement, making the car impossible to drive

I wonder what would happen. In the case of say a mess up with paperwork.Accordingly, if the payments from the bank may go wrong.Therefore, would Renault then cut off your battery supply. What a mess that would be to sort out. Hence, we all know that these large banks and credit companies do make mistakes. Naturally, you could be stranded anywhere and it would not be your fault?. The mind boggles.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Subsequently, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Hence, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. For this reason, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre.Blogging, about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Car Brakes Rule The Day-Another Busy Saturday Sees a Good Mixture of Customer Car Problems?

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Testing a VW Polo battery with our new battery tester

Car Brakes Rule The Day

As many of my readers will know then Saturday is my favorite day of the week. So the rest of my week is spent working on my computer trying to figure out the best way to please Google and rank my business websites. I have a one man mission to conquer this. So with the help of Yoast, I soldier on.

This Saturday was to be a very busy one. It is the middle of November and our customers are preparing their cars for the Christmas break. Of course this has been helped by the short spell of colder weather. Exciting days for us when the cars roll in desperate for a new car battery to replace the one thats on its way out.

Car batteries to start the day

Of course we are happy to oblige them? My staff have a new toy? Its a great little new battery tester. Naturally, our new battery tester tells the customer that he needs a new battery by giving him a print out. Print outs seem to be what people want. In fact all our electronic testers including our 4 wheel alignment gauges will give out a printout for the customer to see.

Our first two cars that pulled in were in fact to test batteries. Consequently, they both failed and new car batteries were fitted. Also the last car in this particular Saturday was a for a battery fitting on a VW Polo. The car had an 063 fitted as original equipment. In this case we always replace the battery with the one fitted on as the original. We offered the lady one of our own brand Apollo Premium 063 batteries. She was pleased with the price and the battery was fitted.

Brakes take over?

However it was soon to become apparent, when the next three cars that came in all had some sort of brake problems. Saturday, can become difficult with brake problems. Because, not all brake parts are available from our local parts people. Any how this time we were in luck and the brake parts were available for all the cars that came in on this particular day.

Vauxhall Corsa with brake caliper problem

The first car was a young lady in a Corsa D 2007 1.2. She went on to tell us that the the car was bought about a year ago. Of course, she went on to tell us that

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Vuaxhall Vectra badly worn discs that needed replacing

the Corsa behaves erratically when braking. Any time I step on the brake pedal, the car will pull towards the right side. So pulling into the centre of the road. Very scary! However it eventually straightens itself up.

Alex went on a short road test. On his return it decided that he needed to remove the wheels. But suspected a seized brake caliper was likely to be the culprit. Sure enough the brakes were visually inspected and both calipers were not working freely. One was worse than the other causing the Corsa to pull into the centre of the road when braking. Alex was able to free one side but the other required a new brake caliper.

Vauxhall Vectra B with noisy brakes

Following just behind the Corsa was a guy with a Vectra brake problem. This was also to be an easy diagnosis. Consequently, the guy had fitted a set of his own pads in preparation for its pending MOT Test. Subsequently, the car had passed the test but had developed the dreaded grinding noise. Grinding must rate up there as the most common brakes fault.

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Worn out brake discs and pads

Once again we had an incline as  to what the problem was going to be. John, one of my mechanics removed the front wheel to examine the discs and pads. Sure enough the guy had fitted new pads but had fitted them onto badly worn discs. So unless the discs are in really good condition then we always change the discs and pads. Because the guy was waiting for his car we showed him his error.

After fitting new discs the brakes were rebuilt and road tested. of course everything was fine and the guy went off a happy customer. Hence, the next two brake jobs were simple discs and pads and the cars offered us with no major challenges. Just what we want on a Saturday. Everything was straight forward.

Eric RobertsCar Brakes Rule The Day

 

 

 

Leisure Batteries Connected-How to Connect 2 or More Leisure Batteries? / Car & Leisure Battery …

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries Connected

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Connecting two or more leisure batteries is entirely possible, but it should be undertaken with caution. To connect the batteries, you’ll have to have enough space in the caravan to house the multiple batteries safely, as well as …

 

eric roberts’ insight:

Connecting 2 or More Leisure Batteries

It is entirely possible to connect more than two leisure or solar power batteries. But it must be in parallel. Therefore, this means that to retain the twelve volts that you require. Hence, you must connect the two positive terminals together. Naturally, and the two negative terminals together. By connecting the batteries in this way.Thus, as I have said you will retain the twelve volts that you will require.As a result, to power a twelve-volt system. For this reason, that is used on most cars and marine and leisure systems, it

Leisure Batteries Connected

2 x 75 amp Lucas Leisure Batteries

will also double the amps for more power storage, which is why this is done in the first place. This method also means that your batteries will charge at the same rate.

It is also important to use the same type of batteries, the accompanying video will explain about the different types of Leisure Batteries and the best for most applications are AGM batteries.

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries can be connected in parallel

Leisure Batteries Connected

The Leisure Batteries that you connect together must also be the same type and age, preferably new batteries, it will be of no use if you connect a new battery with one that is old and has less power. this will only make the new battery fail at a later stage and not give you the full power that you are looking for. It is also possible to connect each battery to a fuse, which will stop the risk of a high current flowing from the good battery to the bad battery with a faulty cell causing it to short; this situation could be dangerous, with a risk of a fire or explosion.

For more reading… http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/serial_and_parallel_battery_configurations

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

Apollo Winter Tyres to the Rescue in Yorkshire Crematorium for Halifax Funeral Company

Apollo Winter Tyres to the RescueApollo Winter Tyres

 

In early November we received a phone call from a local undertaker, Melia Funeral Services,here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in England UK.

winter tyres

Hearses with their new winter tyres  fitted

No problem there, because throughout the year the company normally just have a puncture now and then. This is due to the fact that their hearses do not do much mileage and usually drive at a snail’s pace, when driving to the cemetery or crematorium.

However this call was different, Melias wanted to buy two sets of Apollo Winter Tyres for their hearses. The reason for this was that the hearses were getting stuck on the incline to the chapel in Elland crematorium, and were getting a little embarrassed when getting stuck. We thought it was a bit funny at first but they had obviously given the problem some thought and were not prepared to get stuck this coming winter. I actually visited this crematorium  to take a look for myself, but the incline is not that steep. I think it is because the hearse drives really slowly. In a normal car you could probably take a run at this and clear it easily, even without special Apollo Winter Tyres fitted. The strange thing is that last winter was the mildest for twenty years and the snowfall was minimalistic. The funeral company have

apollo winter tyres

they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

kept the tyres on all year round and now that we are approaching the new cold spell, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

Apollo Winter tyres fitted

Here in Halifax we are in a very hilly area and sell many sets of these wheels but this is the most unusual reason that I have heard of, the hearses came in and we fitted 2 sets of 22560R16 Apollo Winter Tyres and the hearses won’t get stuck again.(we hope?) .

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Winter Tyres Business and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

Apollo Winter Tyres

Park Wood crematorium in Elland